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  • December 5, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Via del Mare, Lecce
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 6197
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Serie A Preview: Lecce - Genoa

Serie A Preview: Lecce - Genoa

Davide Ballardini's Grifone should be confident of taking maximum points in Lecce against the relegation battlers...

Struggling For Survival

Like the other two newly promoted Serie A side, Lecce are struggling against the drop to the Italian second division. With just 12 points from 14 matches, the Lupi are second from bottom and are in real danger of going down.

Lecce have lost their last four competitive fixtures and are winless in their last six league matches. Moreover, Luigi De Canio's side have the worst defensive record in the championship as they have conceded a whooping 28 goals.

However, playing at home against Genoa will allow Lecce some assurance of picking up at least a point. All of the Giallorossi's three wins in the league have come at the Stadio Via del Mare and this will be of some encouragement to them.

Progress Continues


Genoa's improvement under Davide Ballardini continues as the Grifone maintain their chances of garnering a place in Europe next season. With 18 points from 14 matches, the Rossoblu are five points off a Europa League place and are building up momentum.

Genoa were held to a rather disappointing 0-0 draw with Brescia in Serie A last weekend and that followed a 3-1 victory over Vicenza in the Coppa Italia. The draw also saw Genoa pick up seven points in four matches under Ballardini, an encouraging sign for a hugely ambitious club.

Genoa have a decent away form too as they have won two and drawn two of their seven league encounters on the road but have scored just four times.

TEAM NEWS

Lecce


Reginiussen, Giuliatto and Sini are out injured for the hosts. Chevanton is suspended.

Genoa


Chico, Sculli, Milanetto and Kaladze are injured and will miss the trip to Lecce.

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Players to watch

D. Di Michele

Position: Attacker

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Di Michele will be the player to watch for Lecce as his runs and vision will be crucial for the home side. To that add his skills and creativity, and Di Michele will be a major threat for Genoa's defensive unit.

H. Kharja

Position: Midfielder

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Kharja has long been injured but he is back now and will be drafted into the starting line-up. The Morocco international will be the playmaker deployed behind Palacio and Toni and will be eager to express his creativity.

Editor's Prediction

A win for Genoa looks to be a likely result, although Lecce will not be easy pushovers at home.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Lecce

Genoa

Wins
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2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

US Lecce LEC
US Lecce Lecce
Draw
Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
52%
44%

Top 3 Predictions

US Lecce LEC
1 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN
US Lecce LEC
0 - 2
Genoa CFC GEN
US Lecce LEC
1 - 2
Genoa CFC GEN

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